Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate
The CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Program is offering a $1,000 rebate for upgrading your current water heater to a qualified electric heat pump water heater. An ENERGY STAR certified heat pump water heater is the most efficient way to heat hot water with electricity and is the most climate-friendly form of water heating available in BC.
Who can apply
Application must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date
Funding provided by
The Province of British Columbia, BC Hydro, FortisBC
Heat pump water heater requirements
Your heat pump water heater must be found on the qualified product list. Only models listed in Tier 2 or higher are eligible for the rebate.
Primary fuel before upgrade
Electricity (supplied by FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility)
Fossil Fuel (natural gas, oil, or propane)
If you apply for this rebate you should also consider the following:
- Homes switching from a fossil fuel (oil, propane, or natural gas) space or water heating system to a heat pump may be eligible for:
- A heat pump upgrade counts toward the Two Upgrade Bonus or the Home Energy Improvement Bonus.
In order to qualify for this rebate, all of the following requirements must be met. Please read them carefully. Contact an Energy Coach if you have questions.
Requirements for the home
You must live in an eligible home:
- The home must be a year-round primary residence that is at least 12 months old.
- You must have a residential utility account with FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility.
- The home must be one of the following types:
- Single family home (detached dwelling)
- Secondary suite in a single-family home (detached dwelling), with its own separate utility meter
- Mobile home that is permanently fixed, sits on a foundation and is structurally complete with installed and connected plumbing, heating, electrical, water and sewer services; towing apparatus and axle must be removed
- Duplex, triplex, row home or townhome, where each unit has its own natural gas and/or electricity meter; utility accounts must be in the name of the resident and/or homeowner. Utility accounts in the name of a strata corporation are not eligible.
- Your home must be primarily heated with:
- Natural Gas or piped-propane supplied by FortisBC
- Natural Gas supplied by Pacific Northern Gas
- Electricity supplied by FortisBC, BC Hydro, or a municipal utility
- Oil or propane not supplied by FortisBC
- Wood or other solid fuels
Requirements for your contractor
All new equipment must be installed:
- By a licensed contractor with a GST number and a valid B.C. business license for the trade applicable to the upgrade being installed (e.g. Heat pumps must be installed by a licensed residential heating and cooling contractor).
- Self-installations are not eligible.
Requirements for the upgrade
The new heat pump water heater must:
- Be found on the qualified product list. Only models listed in Tier 2 or higher are eligible for the rebate.
- Be new and not part of a previous installation.
Requirements for the equipment being replaced
The old heating system must also meet requirements in order to be eligible for this rebate. Select your existing system type to learn more.
- Replacement of an existing heat pump water heater is not eligible for a rebate.
- Emergency replacement of broken electric system is not eligible for a rebate.
- The fossil fuel water heating system and all such fossil fuel water heating equipment (piping, appliances, fuel containers, vents and associated infrastructure) must be removed accordance with all applicable laws.
- Emergency replacement of broken fossil fuel water heating systems are eligible for a rebate.
The application must be submitted within 6 months of the invoice date of the upgrade.
How to apply
Before you begin
- Carefully read the Program Requirements and Additional Terms and Conditions to confirm your eligibility.
- Purchase a qualifying tier 2 or higher heat pump water heater from the qualified product list and have it installed by a licensed contractor.
- If you are switching from oil, propane, or natural gas to a heat pump water heater, include proof of your fossil fuel system removal, decommissioning or modification.
- Once your upgrades are installed, complete the online application and upload all supporting documentation including copies of all receipts and invoices. See sample invoices.
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